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    Re: Gertrud Köster - Jiro Nakano - Calace

    Hi Rob,

    The two recordings you mention are, in my opinion, among the very best and most important ever made of classical mandolin. The Calace is the most important, again in my opinion. There...
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    Re: Recordings of Mandolins as String Quartets

    "Were the Gibsons taken seriously by the classical mandolin ensembles of the day?"

    Leading professionals shifted to Gibson very quickly. In the photo of the Abt Plectrum Quartet on the cover of...
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    Re: Recordings of Mandolins as String Quartets

    "Great post, Robert. I'm reading Paul Spark's book now. I met him and James Tyler some 15 years or so ago, when we were all invited to Portugal, to deliver papers on the "English Guitar" - my...
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    Re: Recordings of Mandolins as String Quartets

    "Perhaps too far afield, but the complete set by Kepler? Fantastic, eh?"

    Kepler, yes, and yes, fantastic. Not really far afield. The post-1900 string quartet has evolved so much that one cannot...
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    Re: Recordings of Mandolins as String Quartets

    "too bad the string quartets of Ben Johnston are beyond the scope of fixed frets. Ah well . . . "

    I have the recent recording of the Johnston string quartets. Definitely beyond plucked strings.
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    Re: Recordings of Mandolins as String Quartets

    “But what about the old Classical and Romantic mandolin quartet ensembles?”

    Hi Rob,

    As with most topics in mandolin history, there is more (much) work to do. It is useful, as always, to begin...
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    Re: Classical Mandola

    "Here I was more referring to the mass-produced stuff of the popular era."

    Fair enough. NAME specializes in contemporary music. But there are some demanding mandola in G parts even in the early...
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    Re: Classical Mandola

    "The Frank Wallace performance was also excellent. You have a world-class ensemble there, Bob. Do you get together often? Are you third from left, or fourth?"

    Thanks again. I am third from the...
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    Re: Classical Mandola

    "In part, I was assuming that the mandola parts one typically encounters in orchestral scores aren't likely to be too demanding. Cheers, Robert!"

    Depends. We have some wicked mandola parts in the...
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    Re: Classical Mandola

    "I haven't found much of the Calace material in my recent searches. Where can one buy, or even find online, such pieces? I'm especially intrigued in the idea of solo material."

    See my earlier...
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    Re: Classical Mandola

    Here is a link to Calace's music scores: http://www.federmandolino.it/wp/spartiti-music-scores/. Calace wrote some 20-odd pieces for solo liuto, including eight preludes. There are a few duets for...
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    Re: Classical Mandola

    "Bob, the performance of Urban Sketches is really professional. I'm impressed. Good piece too."

    Thanks, much appreciated! "Urban Sketches" is published by MundoPlectro in Spain...
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    Re: Classical Mandola

    "This isn't necessarily true. Though intended for a different repertoire and playing style (and usually different tunings), five course large-bodied instruments with a scale length around 600mm are...
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    Re: Classical Mandola

    "Here are some Contemporary Classical Mandola (GDAE)works which may be of interest."

    As per usual Barbaram provides us with examples of the substantial body of contemporary works for plectrum...
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    Re: Classical Mandola

    "In addition, there is the instrument known as liuto moderno or liuto cantabile, essentially a mandoloncello and mandola/octave mandolin hybridized: C, G, d, a, e'. Raffaele Calace claims to have...
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    Re: Classical Mandola

    "There remains a question over having octave violin tuning on a short string length of 460mm. It can't possibly as sonorous as on the longer string length of an octave mandolin, surely. Viola tuning...
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    Re: Classical Mandola

    Hi Rob,

    “But I'd like to know how much real, dedicated classical solo mandola repertoire is out there, of any era, historical or contemporary.”

    Below I use the terms “mandola in G” to refer to...
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    Re: Mandolin Orchestra News

    "Nice to meet you, I will tell Werner that you're playing his piece!"

    Hi Dean, Werner already knows, we (Mark and Beverly, me) are in touch with him (and Fiona) frequently. We are all good...
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    Re: Mandolin Orchestra News

    Hi Joe, the P(rovidence)MO is also rehearsing on Zoom using the same protocol as Sydney. We are all muted except for Mark (mandolin) and Beverly Davis (classical guitar). Mark and Beverly play...
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    Re: Mandolin Concerts of Note

    The Providence Mandolin Orchestra will perform tomorrow evening (February 15, 2020) at 7:30 PM (EST) at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton RI. The program, entitled "Plucked...
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    "Do you know the gauges of the strings you recommended? I read somewhere that the Fisoma F3150m (same?) are 17, 24, 33, 42. If so, the 17 seems a little tight in comparison to the rest. Are the...
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    These strings should be fine.
  23. Re: Score for Slavator leonardi: Souvenir de Sicile?

    "Margora: the score you have comes with the guitar or piano accompaniment?"

    Both, as it was originally published.
  24. Re: Score for Slavator leonardi: Souvenir de Sicile?

    I have it. PM me.
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    Re: Scarlatti music video

    I reviewed Pizzicar Galante's earlier Valentini recording previously in the CMSA Mandolin Journal and have a review of their Scarlatti recording in the next issue of the Journal (February 2020). ...
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